Archive for June 2018

The Old has Gone; the New has Come

When Jesus was crucified the powers of the old age came to an end.  Sin and death were crucified through his cross.  The “god of this age” was overthrown.   When Jesus rose from death the new creation arrived in him as new man.

These are not images of mere repair or gradual improvement within a broadly stable situation.  The dying and rising of Jesus mark a radical break with what has gone before: its overturning, its revolution, its displacement.  The old has gone; the new has come.

We do not hope that we might be made new one day.  We are already new persons in Christ for he is the new man in whom we and all things are already made new. This alteration in the human situation has already taken place. We do not have to create the new situation.  It has already come.  This is what we know for sure because of the new man who is now with God for us.

 Of course, this is not how we and all things now appear. Around us we see human life alienated from God.  Within us we detect all sorts of chaotic confusion, corruption and uncertainty. Because of this, we so easily say that our true life hidden with Christ is unreal.  Maybe it is just a nice idea.  No!  Christ is real.  Our new life in him is real.  He is the new man and we are the new humanity in him.  All the stuff that goes on within us and around us is simply contradiction of the reality. And as God’s Spirit opens the eyes of our hearts we see beyond appearance to what is actual with God.

 

 

Our new life

In Adam (the old man) humanity is ruined and far from God. For in union with Adam we all exist in the old order under the reign of sin and death. What is needed is a new beginning. And Jesus is that new beginning.

In Jesus’ death on the cross the old order was crucified.  In his rising from death, as the new man, a new creation begins. The old order has passed away; all things have become new. For through Jesus’ death the old Adamic order of sin and death comes to an end.  And in his resurrection the new order of righteousness and life begins.  Jesus rises as the new man and in him we rise as the new humanity within an entirely new creation.

 The Spirit of Christ brings this new man to us in living encounter and our faith in him is born.  In faith, we now know that we have been crucified with Christ so that we no longer live in the old order.  Our old life is dead. In faith, we now know that we live in Christ as he lives in us within the new order. Our new life (which is our real life) is with Christ in God. He is our life.

Since, then, we have been raised with Christ, we set our hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  For we have died, and our life is now hidden with Christ in God. And we eagerly await the day when Christ, who is our life, appears, for then we also will appear with him in glory.